Will you fold under the pressure of temptation? – Tom ‘Tipper X’ Hardin | EP44 recap


Riveting. Emotional. Entertaining. Inspiring.

This week we have Tom Hardin (Tipper X) on the show to discuss ethics, and how doing the right thing or conversely the wrong thing is a habit.

Tom shares his journey down the slippery slope into criminal activity and the impact it had on friends and family. He discusses the psychological traps which pulled him into a spiral of rationalization. Tom takes us on an authentic journey of opportunity and temptation, one that mirrors that of so many young professionals who have found themselves employed on Wall Street. Tom conveys his experience in a way that is both engaging and informative. Starting with the smallest, seemingly harmless decisions, crossing the line between questionable and illegal is both deceptively easy and incredibly costly.  It is a cautionary tale fraught with suspense, career destruction and ultimately finding a higher purpose.

Tom Hardin previously spent much of his career as a financial analyst in the U.S. In 2008, as part of a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tom assisted the U.S. government in understanding how insider trading occurred in the financial services industry.
Known as “Tipper X,” Tom became one of the most prolific informants in securities fraud history, helping to build over 20 of the 80+ individual criminal cases in “Operation Perfect Hedge,” a Wall Street house cleaning campaign that morphed into the largest insider trading investigation of a generation. As the youngest professional implicated in the sting, Tom was tasked with wearing a covert body wire on over 40 occasions to help the FBI bring down some of its biggest targets in the industry.

In a reunion of sorts, Tom was invited by the FBI-NYC’s office to speak to their rookie agents in 2016 and is now a global keynote speaker, corporate trainer and board advisor on behavioral ethics, compliance and organizational conduct and culture risk. Through rigorous self-examination, Tom took responsibility for his actions as a young professional, used the experience to transform his life and is now on an on-going journey into human behavior and why we sometimes make the wrong decision.


Notable moments in this episode:

🛑 14:43 – avoid doing this if you’re managing a team
❗ 17:00 – the moment Tom initially got caught by the FBI
📻 27:35 – what it was really like being an informant secretly working for the FBI

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